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W Abu Dhabi: Official Celebrity Host Hotel for 22nd International Indian Film Academy (IIFA)

by Out and About Mag.

W Abu Dhabi, the official celebrity host hotel for the 22nd International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, will be rolling out the green carpet for the biggest stars of Indian cinema as it hosts the glitterati on the weekend of 20-21 May 2022. An exhilarating week awaits, with art, activations, celebrity chefs, VIP shopping experiences and decadent parties planned.


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The 22nd edition of the biggest celebration of Indian cinema- the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, is all set to unite the world to showcase cinematic excellence, bringing its global brand presence to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. 

IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy and a global platform that gives the Indian film fraternity an opportunity to reach audiences in international territories. Hosting the dazzling IIFA awards weekend is highly beneficial for the chosen host city, generating global exposure and giving the economy a boost. 

International Indian Film Academy (IIFA)

Abu Dhabi is pulling out all the stops as it prepares Etihad Arena – the Middle East's largest state-of-the-art indoor entertainment venue on Yas Island – for Bollywood megastars Salman Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Maniesh Paul to take centre stage as Masters of Ceremony for the two-day event.

W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island will have the pleasure of welcoming celebrities such as Ranveer Singh, Varun Dhawan, Ananya Pandey, Sara Ali Khan, Kartik Aaryan, Karan Johar, Parineeti Chopra, Riteish Deshmukh, Maniesh Paul, Divya Khosla Kumar, Nora Fatehi, Neha Kakkar among others at the most coveted annual ceremony that promises to be a mélange of glitz, glamour and entertainment.

International Indian Film Academy (IIFA)

To celebrate the best of Bollywood, in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and Miral, Abu Dhabi's leading curator of magnetic experiences, the hotel has curated once-in-a-lifetime experiences and activations that will have guests and the glitterati fully immersed in the glitz and glamour of the weekend. 

International Indian Film Academy (IIFA)


Pull up to cooler-than-cool onsite restaurant Garage to experience an a la carte menu curated by celebrity chef, restaurateur, author, and the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star for Indian cuisine Vineet Bhatia. His culinary vision has transformed Indian cuisine, taking it to new heights and placing it on the world platform with a modern and creative twist, making him one of the most respected and recognised names in the industry, consequently being named in the top 100 global Indians.

Vineet Bhatia at Garage 

Date: 16/05 – 22/05 

Timing: 12.30 PM -10.30 PM 

Pricing: Al a Carte 

Pass by the 20th and 21st of May to see if you can get a glimpse of the celebrity chef 

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Garage will also be revving up patrons with the notorious B.I.G brunch, with DJ Raggi on the decks. Garage is a true wonderland; enjoy explosive flavours from each hub, being Salmon Sashimi American Way from Nikkei, Jing Jiang Chicken Rolls from Steam Table, or grab a Pulled Beef BBQ Burger from Meat Vault – makes your stomach growling? Try not to get full too soon. B.I.G – Brunch In Garage is full of surprises, and keep your eyes and ears open at Tart Van to see what's kind of sweet treat will be coming

Date: 21/05

Timing: 1 PM – 4 PM 

Pricing: Soft drinks AED 279, House beverages AED 379, Champagne AED 529



The W Lounge is known for its sleek interiors and sublime views of the glittering marina and racetrack, and in the lead-up to IIFA weekend, it'll only get better – there'll be celebrity sightings too! 

IIFA Kick-Off Bollywood Night with DJ Clement

Date: 19/05

Timing: 9 PM – 1 AM


AED 200 per person, including two House Beverages

Minimum spend VIP tables from AED 2000

International Indian Film Academy 

Glitz & Glam with Bollywood Celebrity DJs - DJ Sumit Sethi and DJ Aqueel

Date: 20/05

Time: 9PM – 3AM


AED 350 per person with two House Beverage included

Minimum Spend VIP Tables starting from AED 4000



WET Deck is known as a place to see – and be seen. In anticipation of IIFA weekend, this plush poolside venue is splashing out with the best DJs on the decks, tasty morsels on the menu and a vibe that will have partygoers pumped.

CINEMATIC with DJ Sumit Sethi and DJ Aqueel

 Date: 19/05 

Time: 9PM – 3AM


 AED 350 per person with 2 House Beverage included

 Minimum Spend VIP Tables starting from AED 4000

Starry Night with DJ Darko, DJ Clement

 Date: 20/05 

 Timing: 8 PM – 1 AM


 AED 200 per person with 2 House Beverage included

 Minimum Spend VIP Tables starting from AED 200


IIFA Afterbash 

 Date: 21/05 

 Timing: 9 PM – 3 AM


 AED 200 per person with 2 House Beverage included

 Minimum Spend VIP Tables starting from AED 2000

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The Crossing, with its elevated Indian cuisine, creates waves for IIFA at W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island. Their menu at The Crossing is a celebration of lost cuisines and ingredients to create a new narrative where neo-modern dishes stand side by side with forgotten recipes. They uphold mainstream Indian cuisine but continue to showcase a more offbeat side with food from the Rajput kitchens, hidden gems from North East India, and simple yet robust recipes from India's massive coastline. 

Pass by THE CROSSING and experience elevated Indian dining starting from 16 May until 21 May.


Date & Timing: 

16/05 – 17/05 6:30 PM – 2AM

18/05 - 21/05 11:30AM - 2AM

Pricing: A la Carte 

W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island


Buckle up for a personal shopping experience that will have you red-carpet ready: the InstaRunway bus will arrive at W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island loaded with designer apparel, shoes and accessories from coveted brands including SJP and Furla to offer VIP shopping experiences to guests and the glitterati looking for gowns, glamour and fabulous finishing touches.

Call +971 2 656 0000 or Whatsapp +971 50 642 1011 to book tickets to the exhilarating events being held at the W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island from 13 May – 22 May.  



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